Yarra River Corridor protection gains 'Hard Won Victory' commendation

Planisphere was recently awarded a commendation in the 'Hard Won Victory' for its work on the Middle Yarra River Study at the State PIA Awards.

The purpose of this study is to achieve consistent development outcomes along the Middle Yarra River to ensure that further development does not encroach on the river’s landscape, environmental, aesthetic, cultural and recreational values. Importantly, the study focusses on management of the interface between public and private land along the corridor.

The Middle Yarra River Corridor Study was prepared in partnership with Banyule City Council, Manningham City Council, Shire of Nillumbik and Melbourne Water. A range of stakeholders, including local community groups, have been consulted in the development of the study to better understand the river’s values and types of inappropriate development.

The PIA judging panel’s citation reads:

“Over a 35 year period there have been calls from the community to protect one of Melbourne’s iconic waterways and environs.  Commencing in 2003, Planisphere has had a prominent involvement in shaping the planning controls that now protect this corridor from inappropriate development. 

“Melbourne councils have actively been attempting to manage development along the Yarra River corridor, however, with multiple councils and different environs there has often been a disjointed approach to achieving an outcome.  Planisphere has played a critical role in the development of policies and strategies and has been an active advocate in the protection of this important waterway.  This advocacy has finally seen a commitment to the management and protection of the River’s environs. 

“Success has been achieved with statutory protection in planning scheme amendments, which eventually formed the basis of the seminal VC96 introduced by the Minister for Planning in 2012.  This has now been further enhanced with the current government’s promise to establish a Yarra River Trust that will extend and make permanent this protection.”

We look forward to playing a continuing role in advancing planning scheme protection of the Yarra River, in partnership with the Councils along the corridor.  For further information about the study, including a full copy of the report can be found here.

Posted on December 9, 2015 .